PhD, Clinical Director
I consider it a great privilege to be afforded the opportunity to join others along their paths to wellness. I honor and respect this privilege through being present with authenticity, an open mind, and a willingness to listen with compassion.
Dr. Fackina earned both a Ph.D. and Ed.S. in Family Psychology from Seton Hall University. Previously, she achieved a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Elizabeth. The clinical foundation from which Dr. Fackina works is enhanced through specialized training in traumatic stress management through the University of Maryland. In addition to her own educational endeavors, she is currently a Part-time Lecturer in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University with concentrations in sport and performance psychology and organizational development. She has also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Professional Psychology at Seton Hall University, teaching at the graduate level across psychology programs.
Dr. Fackina is licensed in both New Jersey and New York to practice psychology. Her wealth of clinical experience stems from her work with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of diverse environments including hospital, community, legal, and private-based clinical settings. Her practice incorporates primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-based practices and focuses on the resolution of emotional and behavioral problems in order to empower people to lead happier, more fulfilling lives. In her specialized work with traditional and non-traditional couples, Dr. Fackina utilizes Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), which is highly integrative with CBT and other evidence-based behavioral models. Her practice is grounded in the fundamental belief that emotions tell us what is important to us and guide our behavior towards what we need or want. Developing healthy communication strategies and effective relationship behaviors can not only reduce conflict and distress between partners, but also strengthen the physical and emotional connection that is the root of satisfying and secure relationships.
In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Fackina also provides performance-based services including executive coaching and leadership development primarily in the technology and finance industries, and performance development in both sports (elite and professional) and the performing arts. In whichever context she is working, Dr. Fackina approaches her work from a strengths-based and person-centered perspective and believes that effective outcomes involve a collaborative process respective of differences based on culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. She continually seeks to remain informed of the advancements of her profession through continuing education and involvement in scholarly research. She is also a member of several professional organizations and has presented at state and national conferences. Dr. Fackina prides herself on balancing her practice through a holistic viewpoint and attention to wellness rooted in compassionate, personalized care.